Great cookies have been a part of the Paul Bunyan story for years. Rick Beyers at A-Pine Restaurant has a huge Paul Bunyan woodcut advertising the Paul Bunyan Cookie Company. It’s pretty much common knowledge that Cream Puff Fatty made plenty of cream wafer cookies in addition to cream puffs. Even in kitchens across the area, when a hefty, hearty cookie comes out of the oven, it’s often referred to as Paul Bunyan sized. And, only a couple years ago, Pine River baker, Al Klocke, designed a Paul Bunyan cookie, complete with frosting sporting the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway logo, to help celebrate the Byway’s national designation.
Now, the cookie story has a new chapter. This spring, Emily Fulton, new owner of the Pine River Bakery, grabbed hold of the Paul Bunyan cookie idea and took it to a new level. Using her artistry and computer skills, she fashioned a new look for the cookie by replacing the standard logo with the more spunky design from the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Tour Maps. But that wasn’t enough for this food artist. She framed the frosting logo with a rippled bead of Babe-blue frosting, setting the whole thing off in a cleverly appealing way.
The newly designed Paul Bunyan cookie became available to the public in early June and has been selling well ever since. Emily said the first day she had them available, they sold out in no time. Almost immediately, at least one bakery customer put in a weekly standing order for the colorful, delicious cookies.
If there’s a category for specialty cookies at the Minnesota Bakery Association competition, the Pine River Bakery’s Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway cookie would be a strong candidate.
Getting’ hungry? The Pine River Bakery is open 6am-3pm Monday-Saturday. While you’re nibbling on that dandy cookie, take a look at the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Tour Map. Pick the places you want to visit and the things you want to do along the 54 mile route. Then, grab an extra cookie for the road!
To contact the Pine River Bakery, call 218-587-2545.